What Is A Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle? | Lifestyles

Because a PHEV’s battery is so much larger than that of a conventional hybrid, it can take greater advantage of the vehicle’s self-generated electricity, using the electric propulsion system more often to augment the gas engine or even, for short bursts, to replace it altogether. That’s what helps gives PHEVs greater fuel efficiency than regular hybrids.

2012 Chevrolet Volt
Chevrolet‘s innovative Volt was a series PHEV, in which the car’s internal combustion engine generated electric power for its motors rather than to put power to the wheels. Chevrolet

Several Types Of Plug-Ins

The most common type of plug-in hybrid arrangement is the parallel hybrid, in which both the internal combustion engine and electric motor are used to drive the wheels. The bias is always to use electric drive when possible, but a parallel hybrid’s dual powertrains can operate in pure internal combustion mode, pure electric mode or a blend of the two.

In many all-wheel drive PHEVs, a second electric motor drives one set of wheels, usually the rears, when extra traction s demanded. But a parallel-hybrid gas-electric system on the other set of wheels is the main propulsion system.

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